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Definition 1: the chance to speak - [noun denoting state]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • let him have his say

(say is a kind of ...) a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

"the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington" "now is your chance"

Definition 2: express in words - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He said that he wanted to marry her
  • tell me what is bothering you
  • state your opinion
  • state your name

Synonyms for say in the sense of this definition

(say is a kind of ...) articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

"She expressed her anger" "He uttered a curse"

(... is a kind of say ) bring forward and present to the mind

"We presented the arguments to him" "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"

(... is a kind of say ) convey or reveal information

"Give one's name"

(... is a kind of say ) define

"The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"

(... is a kind of say ) state or say further

"`It doesn't matter,' he supplied"

(... is a kind of say ) make mention of

"She observed that his presentation took up too much time" "They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"

(... is a kind of say ) make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official

"Do you have anything to declare?"

(... is a kind of say ) state emphatically and authoritatively

"He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"

(... is a kind of say ) express with difficulty

"I managed to get out a few words"

(... is a kind of say ) express or state clearly

(... is a kind of say ) announce publicly or officially

"The President declared war"

(... is a kind of say ) furnish with a preface or introduction

"She always precedes her lectures with a joke" "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"

(... is a kind of say ) react verbally

"She didn't want to answer" "answer the question" "We answered that we would accept the invitation"

(... is a kind of say ) state something incorrectly

"You misstated my position"

(... is a kind of say ) be a summary of

"The abstract summarizes the main ideas in the paper"

(say has a similar meaning as ...) state as one's opinion or judgement; declare

"I say let's forget this whole business"

Definition 3: report or maintain - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He alleged that he was the victim of a crime
  • He said it was too late to intervene in the war
  • The registrar says that I owe the school money

Synonyms for say in the sense of this definition

(say is a kind of ...) state categorically

(... is a kind of say ) make an allegation in an action or other legal proceeding, especially answer the previous pleading of the other party by denying facts therein stated or by alleging new facts

Definition 4: speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She pronounces French words in a funny way
  • I cannot say `zip wire'
  • Can the child sound out this complicated word?

Synonyms for say in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce with a nasal twang

(... is a kind of say ) lengthen and slow down or draw out

"drawl one's vowels"

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce with rounded lips

(... is a kind of say ) speak with a lisp

(... is a kind of say ) put stress on; utter with an accent

"In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce as a vowel

"between two consonants, this liquid is vowelized"

(... is a kind of say ) produce a click

"Xhosa speakers click"

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'

"Some speakers trill their r's"

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce with an initial sibilant

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds

(... is a kind of say ) cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/

(... is a kind of say ) utter with distinct articulation of each syllable

"The poet syllabized the verses he read"

(... is a kind of say ) articulate without making audible sounds

"she was reading to herself and merely subvocalized"

(... is a kind of say ) articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate

"Indian accents can be characterized by the fact that speakers retroflex their consonants"

(... is a kind of say ) utter with tense vocal chords

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth

"raise your `o'"

(... is a kind of say ) articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce with a lowered velum

"She nasalizes all her vowels"

(... is a kind of say ) speak nasally or through the nose

"In this part of the country, people tend to nasalize"

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce a word incorrectly

"She mispronounces many Latinate words"

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds

(... is a kind of say ) utter with vibrating vocal chords

(... is a kind of say ) pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/

"She rolls her r's"

(say implies ...) express in speech

"She talks a lot of nonsense" "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

Definition 5: express a supposition - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Let us say that he did not tell the truth
  • Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?

Synonyms for say in the sense of this definition

(say is a kind of ...) talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion

"We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal"

Definition 6: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I said to him to go home
  • She ordered him to do the shopping
  • The mother told the child to get dressed

Synonyms for say in the sense of this definition

(say is a kind of ...) ask (a person) to do something

"She asked him to be here at noon" "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"

(... is a kind of say ) command with authority

"He directed the children to do their homework"

(... is a kind of say ) give instructions or directions for some task

"She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation"

(... is a kind of say ) make someone do something

(... is a kind of say ) order, request, or command to come

"She was called into the director's office" "Call the police!"

(... is a kind of say ) ask to go away

"The old man warned the children off his property"

(... is a kind of say ) (medicine) order the use of (a treatment, medicine, etc.), usually by written prescription

"the doctor prescribed steroids for my ear trouble"

Definition 7: communicate or express nonverbally - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What does this painting say?
  • Did his face say anything about how he felt?

(say is a kind of ...) (of information) make known; pass on

"She conveyed the message to me"

(say has a similar meaning as ...) indicate

"The clock says noon"

Definition 8: recite or repeat a fixed text - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Say grace
  • She said her `Hail Mary'

(say is a kind of ...) repeat aloud from memory

"she recited a poem" "The pupil recited his lesson for the day"

Definition 9: indicate - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The clock says noon

(say is a kind of ...) indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

"The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero" "The gauge read `empty'"

(say has a similar meaning as ...) communicate or express nonverbally

"What does this painting say?" "Did his face say anything about how he felt?"

Definition 10: state as one's opinion or judgement; declare - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I say let's forget this whole business

(say has a similar meaning as ...) express in words

"He said that he wanted to marry her" "tell me what is bothering you" "state your opinion" "state your name"

Definition 11: utter aloud - [verb of communication]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She said `Hello' to everyone in the office

(say is a kind of ...) articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

"She expressed her anger" "He uttered a curse"

Definition 12: have or contain a certain wording or form - [verb of stative]

Samples where say or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The passage reads as follows
  • What does the law say?

Synonyms for say in the sense of this definition

(say is a kind of ...) have as a feature

"This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

(say has a similar meaning as ...) interpret something that is written or printed

"read the advertisement" "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"

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